With every passing year, embedded systems play a larger role in society as a whole, providing both challenge and opportunity for the next generation of computer scientists. A new case study from Intel shows how grants from Intel to Texas Tech have helped to ensure that graduates from the university will have had the opportunity to learn both theory and practice in this area.

As part of its relationship with Intel, the university has received a number of Intel® Galileo development boards. During the spring semester of 2014, the Intel Software Academic Program also sent Texas Tech’s computer science department the Grove Starter Kit Plus –IoT Edition. Using the kit’s collection of sensors and other components to complement the Intel Galileo development boards helped give students the means for powerful innovation.

The collaboration between the Texas Tech computer science department and Intel has produced impressive benefits in a short period of time, appropriate to the rapid pace of innovation in this area as a whole. In 2013, embedded systems officially became part of the curriculum, with the course CS4331: “Special Topics in Computer Science – Embedded Systems.” Students have built on that offering to pursue independent study and projects, even receiving an award at a research conference.

Students working with Dr. Sunho Lim in CS4000, “Individual Studies in Computer Science,” made innovative, hands-on use of the materials from Intel. “SMARTx: An Embedded Proximity Detection System for Reducing Collisions” is an application designed to alert motorists to the presence of pedestrians, bicyclists, and road workers. “Intel Galileo Development Board-Based Embedded Applications” is a project based on four Arduino applications that showcase the board’s capabilities.

Taking their work to the next level, the team responsible for the latter CS4000 project presented it at Texas Tech’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference and was recognized for the top poster presented at the event. Intel and Texas Tech are proud to be enabling work of this caliber, helping drive forward the emerging Internet of Things.

For more information on the Intel® Software Academic Program, please visit: https://software.intel.com/en-us/academic.

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